Blogs from Karratha, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha July 19th 2014

First of all, here he is. A photo of Red Dog the Pilbara wanderer. For overseas readers just google that and find out about the little red cattle dog. There is a great Aussie movie about him. He is now an icon in this country. We actually drove an extra 250 kms to get to take our photos because we promised our friend Feral Sheryl we would. She now wants us to go back to the statue and steal it and take it home to Brinkworth so her partner Shane can put it in the lounge! We mentioned in the last blog we were holed up in Newman. There really was no tourist stuff to do in Newman other than a tour of the iron ore mines. Been there, done that years ago. We both spent ... read more
001 Richard and Gill
001.1 Graham and Chris
002 Pilbara Iron Country

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha August 14th 2013

What sort of alarm clock do you use? Since retiring the electronic ever reliable has gone and we have a variety of alarms these days, often feathered and quite unreliable, but now preferred. However, wake up has other implications as well seen around Dampier, a port with incredible output, but one wonders at the downside of such progress. When we first arrived here we were booked into a low cost camp on the foreshore at Dampier, about 25 ks from Karratha. The harbour is quite pretty yet industrially dominated. They say that 25% of Australia's goods (by value) are exported through this port - Iron ore, LPG, salt and fertilizer. Karratha is WA's second most busy airport including some international flights. Take the iron ore bulk carriers - they average 200,000 tonnes of ore per ship, ... read more
Artistic Mulla Mulla
Camp site at Dampier with bay views.
A new ship arrives

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha July 26th 2013

Into the Pilbara, we head to Karratha to catch up with Big Rob and check out Dampier and surrounds. The dirt really is red and gets in everywhere. Rob working Fly in / Fly out at a Liquid Nitrogen Plant. Heaps of mining and gas related industry where ever you look. Every house has what seems at least 2 boats parked in the drive, plenty of cash around. We visit the Red Dog statue and take a trip to the Woodside Gas Plant visitors centre, which I found fantastic.... read more
The ghost gum
Rob and Andi

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha July 18th 2012

Nous avons quitté dimanche matin le camping de Barn Hill Station, car bien qu’il soit sympa on doit avancer. Beaucoup de route ces derniers jours, on roule le long de la côte dans la région du Pilbara. Dimanche nous faisons quasiment que rouler, on s’alterne au volant et au s’arrête assez tôt, avant 17h dans une aire de repos immense et bondée ! Où on a d’ailleurs la bonne idée de se mettre tout au bout, résultat un quart d’heure de marche pour atteindre les toilettes ! Lundi matin on arrive à Port Hedland, ville minière pas terrible mais ça fait une pause sur la route, surtout qu’on trouve à Pretty Pool, des douches !! C’est un joli spot de balade au bord de la mer avec l’aire de pique-nique qui va avec. On se promène ... read more
Sur la plage
Tanker chargé de minerai de fer

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha May 20th 2012

Karratha/Dampier 20th May The towns and areas surrounding Karratha have a European history that dates back to 1699 when William Dampier first sailed into the Archipelago aboard his ship the Roebuck, landing at Pirates cove on Enderby Island. Another new town in WA, Karratha was established in the late 1960’s to serve the requirements of major local industrial projects, such as Pilbara Iron, Dampier Salt and later Woodside’s North West Shelf Gas Ventures. Karratha derives its name from an aboriginal word meaning ‘good country’. With a population of around 12,000 everything looks new and ‘ growing’ and appeared as a busy modern town that could provide all necessary services and industrial support to service the mining industry and community that has developed around them. Karratha is considered the shopping hub of the Pilbara and we visited ... read more


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha May 19th 2012

40 Mile Beach 19th May We stopped here for a few nights on our way north to Karratha. Located about 70klm south of Karratha the 40 Mile Beach bush camp is a great location to while away the hours or days for anyone seeking a natural ‘bush’ camping coastal campsite. The bay offers quality fishing, apparently, but also protection from most prevailing weather (read winds!) for the beach goer. The number of people here set up for staying in excess of 4 to 5 months just to fish, I guess in some way this testifies to the fact that there must be fish out there amongst all that water! I went fishing here (with soft plastic lures) and made a friend with a squid who for half an hour played fetch with my lure. As I ... read more
South of Nanutarra Roadhouse
South of Nanutarra Roadhouse
Ashburton River

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha January 21st 2012

Well 39 days until I leave Karratha - and yes I'm counting. I was asked recently if I will miss the Pilbara and the answer? Nope. I don't want any Pilbara lovers to get offended here, but if we're honest, and I do always try to be, the Pilbara is great but Karratha not so much. I agree a place is what you make of it, but that doesn't make it any prettier, or have better restaurants or more sporting facilities. The 'I'll do anything for money' vibe is also unpleasant. They are the negatives, but there are many positives. Down to earth easy going people, life is full of simple pleasures and can be as busy or relaxed as you choose and.... well... it's close to Exmouth. So I'm chuffed I've had the chance to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha September 19th 2011

We left you when we were in Karijini National Park, which we really enjoyed. There are two main gorges created by the base rock splitting and then being excavated by the occasional rains over millions of years. The rocks are dark red and there so much iron content that some of the rocks we pick up are actually magnetic! When we left the Park we undertook the longest days drive so far – 501km. Not as tough as it sounds. When we got onto the sealed road, after about 5km, we set the cruise control at 85kph. We disengaged the cruise control twice for left hand turns, and off once for fuel and again for lunch, and finally off at about 490km when we arrived at Karratha! The car changed down only once in that whole ... read more
Luke & Jax

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha September 11th 2011

On Sunday night at Barn Hill, the Station owners put on a roast dinner. 3 courses for $15 – yes we know sounds like old peoples tucker! Roast beef it was with lots of gravy, preceded by soup and followed by icecream. Included was a concert by an aboriginal family from down the road. Sort of because there were only two of them, so they rounded up a couple of white fellas and we had a band! Funny thing was, the black fellas played the electric guitars and the white fellas played the didgeridoos. We then proceeded down the coast to the Eighty Mile Camp which is on Eighty Mile Beach. Only good for fishing and shell collecting. Swimming is discouraged. After we arrived, the wind got up very strongly from the SE and it wasn’t ... read more
Sunday Dinner
Sunday dinner 2
Another sunset

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karratha September 5th 2011

24 photos here On 5 August we started driving the Gibb River Road, an iconic 4WD road that has been upgraded over the years to accommodate the tourists wanting a real 4WD outback experience and it’s good for puncturing tyres. The road is 588km long down to the Napier Downs turnoff towards Windjana Gorge. We spoke to one couple who had had five punctures! We both got through without any punctures. However Murray had to replace one set of trailer wheel bearings which involved a 300km round trip from Mt Elizabeth Station to Imintji and return, which took about 5 hours. The bloke at Imintji, about two thirds of the way through, has a business basically just repairing and fitting new tyres and repairing trailers. Camping is on stations that have basic camping to Homestay type ... read more
Lake Argyle

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